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Hypochondria is a tendency to imagine one is ill or to acquire psychosomatic symptoms in order to gain attention and sympathy or to avoid responsibility.

High scorers complain of a wide variety of physical symptoms, show a great deal of concern about their state of health and frequently demand the sympathetic attention of their doctor and their family and friends. However they tend not to make rational changes to improve their health, such as by better diet and exercise, because the illness serves them and they would not want to be without it. Psychosomatic symptoms may also be the result of re-stimulation of past physical or emotional trauma by present circumstances; but this does not tend to be lasting unless the illness serves the person in some way.

Those with low scores are seldom ill and do not worry very much about their health; which is not to say that they do not take responsibility for their health. They enjoy being alive.

How do you compare?

The norm on this trait is between 9-10 points (a statistical approximation). This may be represented on the following scale:

Hypochondria 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 || 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 Sense of Health

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